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Dietary supplement for infants, children recalled due to fungal contamination

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Solgar, Inc. ABC Dophilus Powder, a dietary supplement for infants and children, is being recalled after testing revealed the products were contaminated with a fungus that can cause potentially dangerous infections. ABC Dophilus Powder is a supplement containing acidophilus, a bacteria that supports the healthy functioning of the intestinal system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients. Testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) revealed the presence of Rhizopus oryzae in 1.75 ounce (50 g) containers of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which may cause Mucormycosis, a rare infection. Those at greater risk of developing ... Read More

Honda expands exploding airbag recall again after deadly Malaysia accident

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Honda Motor Corp. has widened its recall of vehicles fitted with faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 170,000 units. The announcement came after the company said that a driver died in Malaysia after being blasted with shrapnel from one of the defective airbags. The fatality in Malaysia was the fifth known record of a driver or passenger being killed by an exploding airbag in a Honda vehicle and the first such death to occur outside of the United States. The Takata airbags at the center of the Honda recall and recalls by 11 different other car ... Read More

UAB researchers to test hypertension drug as a cure for type 1 diabetes

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Researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will begin testing whether a drug used to treat high blood pressure could be effective in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Two years ago, researchers tested the drug verapamil, known by the brand names Calan, Verelan and Covera-HS, on laboratory mice and found that it could lower blood sugar levels but in some cases could even reverse the disease. Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker indicated for the treatment of hypertension, severe chest pain and arrhythmia. It is the only drug on the market that works to keep the pancreas’ ... Read More

U.S. safety probe leads to Honda recall expansion over dangerous Takata air bags

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Following reports of a U.S. safety probe being placed on the automaker, Honda has announced an expansion to its previous recall of vehicles containing potentially dangerous Takata Corp air bags. The air bags in question, which have been responsible for multiple deaths and injuries, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The amount of cars Honda has added to its recall is undisclosed; however, all the vehicles are from model years 2001-2006 and were sold/registered in areas with high humidity. According to Takata, humid areas are where the affected vehicles are the most ... Read More

Feds order Takata to hand over exploding airbag communications, documents

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The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) ordered Japanese automotive supplier Takata Corp. to hand over internal documents by December 1 and answer questions under oath about the defective airbags it made for installation in millions of vehicles. Takata’s airbags, which 10 auto manufacturers have installed in more than 17 million vehicles worldwide, are prone to deploy with excessive force, blasting metal fragments into the car’s interior. The defective devices have been linked to at least four deaths and several injuries. NHTSA regulators have been investigating Takata’s defective airbags since June, focusing on the inflator mechanisms in airbags made from 2000 to ... Read More

Lawmakers target Takata, NHTSA, automakers with scathing inquiries into exploding airbags

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Federal auto safety regulators have again fallen under sharp criticism for their handling of exploding air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata. The defective airbags, which have been installed in millions of U.S. vehicles, are prone to deploying with excessive force, blasting metal shrapnel through the vehicle’s interior, sometimes with deadly consequences. On Thursday Senators Richard Blumental (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-Mass) planned to send “a sternly worded letter,” The New York Times reported, scolding the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its lackadaisical handling of the Takata airbag recalls. Specifically, the lawmakers want to know why NHTSA is ... Read More

Remove Trinity guardrails from nation’s highways, Connecticut senator tells federal safety officials

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Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is urging the federal government to remove and replace potentially deadly guardrails along highways throughout the nation after a whistleblower suing a leading guardrail manufacturer won a jury verdict of $175 million. Sen. Blumenthal says the Federal Highway Administration neglected to investigate alterations Trinity Industries made in its ET-Plus guardrail system nearly a decade ago. That change, whistleblower Josh Harman alleged in his False Claims Act lawsuit against the company, altered the guardrails’ performance when struck, making them behave more like giant deadly spears than lifesaving devices. “Nearly every state has them, and the Federal Highway ... Read More

More U.S. farmers sue Syngenta for tainting corn supply with genetically engineered strains

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Farmers in Alabama and 10 other states have filed lawsuits against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG alleging the company contaminated the U.S. corn supply with a genetically engineered strain of corn that China refuses to import. The lawsuits claim that Syngenta’s contamination of the corn supply, much of which is bound for export, caused China to reject nearly 1.5 million tons of U.S. corn shipments, resulting in an 11-cent-per-bushel drop in prices and depressing the overall corn market. This in turn, plaintiffs allege, has hurt corn farmers across the country. The complaints stem from Syngenta’s genetically modified Agrisure Viptera corn, which ... Read More

NHTSA updates air bag defect warning to include another three million vehicles

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Shortly following the U.S. government’s plea to nearly five million car owners to learn more about a life-threatening air bag defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated its warning to include three million more car owners believed to be driving under dangerous circumstances. According to the safety alert, the NHTSA is making the public aware of inflator mechanisms within the affected vehicles’ airbag systems that may rupture upon impact, triggering an arsenal of metal fragments to violently fly out as the bags are being deployed. Takata Corp., one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers in the world, manufacturing air ... Read More

Texas guardrail maker loses whistleblower case, jury orders company to pay $175 million

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A Texas guardrail manufacturer accused by a whistleblower of defrauding the federal government has been ordered to pay $175 million by a federal jury. Dallas-based Trinity industries for years has manufactured guardrail systems for the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), which uses them on highways in most every state. In 2012, whistleblower Josh Harman, a Virginia guardrail installer and safety advocate, sued Trinity under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, accusing the company of secretly changing the design of its government-approved ET-Plus guardrail system. According to Mr. Harman, the redesigned ET-Plus guardrails cost less for Trinity to produce ... Read More